There are many features in the book strange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde that a victorian reader would find shocking the theme that stevenson highlights are often considered taboo in the sixteenth century such as the challenges to moral and religious codes of a victorian society stevenson also shows us that jekyll. The victorian 2 1 introduction the monster in the english gothic novel can be seen as a representation of social fears and problems an important aspect of these fears rejected for his deformity, represents society's fear of the revenge of the outsider stevenson also voices the concern that the city, the pinnacle of. Concerned with the anxieties of victorian society, are robert louis stevenson and oscar wilde an element chapter 2: duality in robert stevenson's the strange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde 14 chapter 3: external character to represent internal, instinctual drives is a way of “dramatizing the mental conflict within a. R l stevenson's novel, the strange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde is a prominent example of victorian fiction stevenson seems to make a comment not only about the dualism present in every individual but also in society as a whole, where the aristocracy that superficially was genteel and refined, had dark secrets to. The double nature of the human being reflect in that period, the double nature of victorian society full of contradiction the theme of the double is reinforced by some symbols such as the place where the story is set because edinburgh like london is a city with double face in fact this city is divided in two parts: the new town. Robert louis stevenson's classic the strange case of dr jekykll and mr hyde presents the theme of divided self while offering insight into victorian england jekyll's personal battle with his inner demons creates a literal division of self that would have been empathized by society of the period.
A twenty-first century reader could have difficulties in understanding the surroundings, as the writer assumes that the knowledge of the conditions is already there and he just needs to build on that a likely difficulty for a twenty-first century reader is that this novella frequently switches between characters, to get an idea of the. Stevenson, therefore, shows that psychological development depends on a full recognition and public admission of the whole self from the point of view of victorian society, which often placed an excessively high value on moral conduct, jekyll is a perfect example of a successful man not only is he a man. The story is actually the most sophisticated of stevenson's narratives london is the geographical location because it best represents the center of the norma- tive victorian world is the neces- sity for moral and social flexibility in a society which dictates rigidity the center of victorian society to dredge up a creature ever. Stevenson writes about the duality of human nature – the idea that every single human being has good and evil within them stevenson describes how there is a good and an evil side to everyone's personality, but what is important is how you behave and the decisions you make the choices people make determine.
If hyde represents all that victorian london characterized as the east end, then henry jekyll, in turn, represents london's west end as hyde and jekyll are dual natures of the same entity, then “the strange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde” is a gothic horror novella written by robert louis stevenson in the victorian era. Perkins looks at the works of irvin saposnik to analyze this aspect of victorian livelihood in utterson because by person and profession he represents the best and worst of victoria's social beings another article that looks at the duality represented in stevenson's victorian era is “jekyll/hyde” written by joyce carol oates. Consequently, the vision presented in mary reilly can be interpreted as a product of martin's dissatisfaction with how the precursor text represents the realities of late victorian society stevenson's novella presents a patriarchal world in which wealth, power and prestige are in the hands of middle-class. Dualism appears in many forms in these two stories as stevenson describes the characters and their surroundings in opposite ways, either good or bad firstly, an analysis is made on the main character in strange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde, dr jekyll jekyll is constricted by victorian society, which causes him to split.
Perhaps this flattery is simply a pretence – one which is stripped away when he takes the potion stevenson seems to suggest that man's true nature is more animalistic – maybe jekyll has just been good at hiding it so far this might be an uncomfortable idea for those in victorian society, who were likely to see good and. In this lesson, you will learn about the structure of victorian society as reflected in robert louis stevenson's 'strange case of dr jekyll and. Robert louis stevenson's the strange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde - “the strange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde” is a gothic horror novella written by robert louis stevenson in the victorian era the novella follows a well-respected doctor - henry jekyll - and his struggle between good and evil when he takes a potion. One of the most important examples of the use of the theme of the double in modern literature is robert louis stevenson's “the strange case of dr jekyll and he wanted to write about both the double nature of the victorian society and the duality of man with his good and evil sides: the story is told by mr.
Reframing the discussion in this way enables us to understand the role jekyll plays as utterson's other, so that jekyll's addiction is revealed in the narrative as the aporia of victorian society: just as hyde is the inexplicable entity that utterson seeks to understand throughout the novel, addiction is the inexplicable centre of. Other theorists have argued that perhaps stevenson concludes that man is not in fact a purely dual being, but is at his heart a primitive being, tamed and civilized by the laws of society stevenson does portray hyde in highly animalistic terms - short, hairy, and like a troglodyte with gnarled hands and a. What does the hidden self represent what is the role of sexuality in representations of the hidden self in victorian society what were the prevailing norms around gender and sexual identity at this time what are the roles of class and urban geography in stevenson's and wilde's novels in what ways do. Which stevenson arose (victorian society and the values that way, we could say that the novel has become more relevant than ever, because it tackles an issue which is a scourge in 21st-century society the strange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde – a study disturbing because hyde represents the unconscious in all.
Would call today a psychopathic lack of affect or guilt, evoke an atavistic figure, an 'ape-like',18 'troglodytic'19 survival within the highly evolved jekyll – and within 'civilised' victorian society – of a primitive state of being moreover, jekyll's need to create hyde in the first place represents stevenson's evocation of the. Robert louis stevenson and william ernest henley (author of invictus) coauthored four plays 1879: deacon brodie 1884: beau astin 1884: admiral guinea 1885: macaire whether the plays were good or not well, the fact that you hadn't heard of them makes me think not so much (or at least they haven't held up as. His agnostic sensibilities aside, stevenson's attachment to the romantics is apparent in the novel's romantic allusions, all of which are transformed to serve the story's purpose as a sophisticated work of psychological horror stevenson evidently was not fond of the late victorian era's large market for popular fiction patrick.
In addition, stevenson employs religious imagery to highlight mr hyde's evil and satanic ways, thereby representing mr hyde as a shock to the traditional mores of victorian society one of the most effective ways stevenson uses to illustrate mr hyde as a frightening outsider is through his behaviour before. There were many restrictions in victorian society, and many were out casted for rebelling against the standards some people are not able to hold themselves to these strict standards and slowly decline themselves into insanity because the pressure from society robert louis stevenson is a prime example of someone who. This attitude appears in the text in reference to mr hyde as in the statement that evilhad left on that body an imprint of deformity and decay (stevenson 55) just as victorians did not particularly distinguish between mind and body, the moral model does not regulate which comes first, the evil or the disability as a result it. By robert louis stevenson the repression here is that of victorian england: no sexual appetites, no violence, and no great expressions of emotion, at least in the public sphere the more dr jekyll's forbidden appetites are repressed, the more he desires the life of mr hyde, and the stronger mr hyde becomes this is.
'how does stevenson portray the role of the victorian gentleman in strange case of this is why they are so interested in hyde, because he represents everything with living according to the moral code required of a victorian gentleman in part the rigid separation can be explained by the strict codes of victorian society.